The Week in Books #34

Another Sunday, another week in books! This week was a good one because I treated myself to some new books. I’m sticking to my plan of eliminating Amazon from my life and am no longer using them to buy books, so I ordered from Chapters. It’s a Canadian company which is a plus, and it is large enough to carry just about everything as well as offer free shipping and other discounts and deals. Also they have a list of Resources for Black Lives Matter and a solid list of books on their Anti racist reading list. I was so excited about reanimating my long-neglected chapters account (gets you a further 10% off all books) and adding a bunch of stuff to my wish list, that oops I bought like 20 hahaha.

Not all have arrived yet, interestingly they have sold out of many of their books regarding race relations in light of current events (yay folks are reading about how to be anti-racist!) so titles like White Fragility, Policing Black Lives, and How To Be An Anti-Racist are all back ordered.

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora. I’m obsessed with how beautiful this cover is!

These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson. If you haven’t read Nalo yet then I encourage you to do so immediately. She has many novels, and I ordered this one thinking I had found one I hadn’t read yet but I actually have haha. Glad to have a copy of my own at least.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Winner of the Booker Prize in 2019.

White Rage by Carol Anderson. I saw Carol Anderson’s appearance on Democracy Now and immediately added her book to my cart.

This week I finished with Circe by Madeline Miller. This came highly recommended and I’d say it semi-lived up to the hype. This book tells the story of Circe, an immortal goddess and daughter to Helios, god of the sun. Circe is banished to an island alone where she learns witchcraft and uses it to turn men that find her shores into pigs. I enjoyed the story, though at times the pace felt too fast for real character development (the scene with Medea, for example). Though I suppose if you are familiar with Greek mythology then the characters are already known to you and as an immortal protagonist her life spans thousands of years and that’s a lot to cover. I loved the fantastic elements, like Scylla the cursed nymph-turned-monster hiding in her cave and eating the mortals that dare pass beneath. Circe makes an appearance in The Odyssey and I think I might finally check that out haha. Miller has a very pretty writing style with lots of great description and overall this was a good read that spins the classic characterization of Circe being lonely, sexual, deceitful and greedy into something more relatable and empowered.

Started this week include The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole and the audiobook version of a Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. More on those next time!

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